Korean Cellist Sooyeon Lee was a student of the Preliminary School of the Korean National University of Arts (KNUA) until 2004. After that she was educated in Sunhwa Arts School and Seoul Arts High School (Korea) with Hee-Song Song, until her family moved to Japan. While there she studied with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi for 2 years. She returned to Korea to complete her Bachelor of Music at Yonsei University, studying with Sung-Won Yang. During her undergraduate studies, she attended 2 master classes by Professor Jo Cole, who encouraged her to study with her at the Royal Academy of Music (London), where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Cello Performance receiving a Distinction and the Dip.RAM award for outstanding performance in her Final Recital in 2016.
In September 2017 she began her Advanced Diploma studies at the Royal Academy of Music, continuing to study with Jo Cole and Josephine Knight. Sooyeon plays the Giovanni Battista Rogeri Cello made in 1731, loaned by the Royal Academy of Music Museum.
Sooyeon has attended various masterclasses by, among others, Josephine Knight, Colin Carr, Ralph Kirshbaum, Thomas Steinhöfel, Jo Cole, Marc Coppey, Philippe Muller, Niklas Eppinger and Jens Peter Maintz.
Sooyeon began winning prizes in her early teens, such as Competition of Korea-America Youth Culture Foundation, Competition of Music Education Newspaper, YOKOHAMA International Music competition, Korean Chamber Orchestra National Competition, Universal Music Competition, The Music Competition Seoul Soloist Cello Ensemble Concert Competition and the Eumyoun Competition. Most recently she was the winner of May Mukle/Douglas Cameron Cello Sonata Prize in the UK.
Sooyeon has participated in various international festivals including Kirishima International Music Festival (Japan), Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (Italy), Music Alps Festival (France), and BNK Music Camp as cello section leader in Busan (Korea).
Sooyeon also has a keen interest in chamber music, and is a member of Seoul Soloists Cello Ensemble Society and RAM Cello Ensemble.
The Royal Academy of Music has provided Sooyeon with a Curtis Price Scholarship for 2017-2018.
South Korean pianist Victor Lim is an active soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist. He has appeared in many major venues in the UK such as the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Colston Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and his performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Recent successes include second prize from the Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition, first prizes from RNCM Schubert and Beethoven competitions as well as awards from the ABRSM, Help Musicians UK and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Victor is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Michael Dussek. He previously trained at Wells Cathedral School with John Byrne and Richard Ormrod then at the Royal Northern College of Music with Graham Scott, Jeremy Young and Murray McLachlan.
Victor is a founding member of the Louko Piano Trio who were the winners of the Hirsch, Nossek and Christopher Rowland Ensemble of the Year Prizes at the RNCM as well as the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Chamber Music Competition in London. He also regularly performs with pianist Ryan Drucker with whom he won the RNCM Piano Duo Prize.
As a dedicated teacher, Victor ran the classical music course at the Millfield Summer School for several years and is a Leverhulme Fellow of Pro Corda, the largest chamber music education organisation in the UK. He has given masterclasses around the UK as well as in China, Singapore and South Korea.